Personal handheld media use, in particular the smartphone has increased in the last few years. Research has highlighted the increase of smartphone use among elementary age children but there is little information about how younger children use this tool and how parents feel about using technology with preschoolers. The purpose of this study was to investigate how preschool age children use the smartphone and to further explore parents' perceptions of this popular form of technology. The current study surveyed 141 parents about their practices and beliefs regarding their preschooler's smartphone use. Results revealed that preschoolers' smartphone use is prevalent, that the smartphone is being used for various purposes, and that parents have positive as well as negative feelings about their children's use. These results support the need for future research on the role of technology in very young children's learning.
Keywords: Smartphone, digital media, mobile technology, preschool children
|Advisor:||Kroll, Linda, Shimpi, Priya, Greer, Sandra C.|
|Commitee:||Kroll, Linda R., Shimpi, Priya M.|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education, Early childhood education|
|Keywords:||Digital media, Mobile technology, Preschool children, Smartphone|
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